'Snow White' studio under fire for casting controversy
POSTED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 12:04am
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS (CNN) — Kristen Stewart's "Snow White and the Huntsman" performed well at the box office on its opening weekend, but the darker take on the classic fairy tale hasn't won fans within the Little People of America organization.
The nonprofit, which provides support and information to people of short stature as well as their families, is taking the team behind "Snow White and the Huntsman" to task for not hiring little people to play the dwarves in the film.
Instead, actors like Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins and Nick Frost were tapped to perform in the roles, and were digitally made to appear shorter on-screen.
In a statement, the Little People of America organization says that it advocates for equal employment of little people in a variety of industries, including entertainment, "which we believe should cast little people in the full breadth of possible roles."
That would mean "both casting people with dwarfism as characters that were specifically written to be played by little people, and other roles that would be open to average height people and people of short stature."
According to TMZ, Todd McCarthy, a little person who works with the theater troupe Beacher's Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel, is rounding up the similarly outraged to stage a "100-midget protest" at Universal.
The studio told CNN that it's not commenting on the controversy.